MAY 26 – 27 — YOUTH RALLY WITH WILLIE FRANKLIN: We need workers for food preparation, serving, and cleanup. See Samantha. We still have fliers with the schedule available. Willie will be speaking for us that Sunday at both the Bible class and worship assembly. We will also have a potluck that day. It is only two weeks away, so get on board and help!
JUNE 16 — Fun Fare — BRING A DISH AND PLAN TO STAY: We had a meeting this past Wednesday, and we have a lot of activities lined up, but we need people to work each activity. Mandy has a sign up sheet for different areas of work. The program will be from 1:00 to 5:00.
INTRODUCTION — Jesus had a special relationship with women — not sexual, but unique.
A. John 8:3-12 — The woman taken in adultery.I. EUNICE — The twenty-first century model mother.
B. John 4 — The Samaritan woman — see verse 27
C. His mother — Cana wedding, care given to John.
D. Motherhood is hard — getting pregnant is not.
E. Christianity teaches motherhood — Titus 2:3-5.
1. Be sober — take responsibility.
2. Love husbands — philandros — “To be affectionate.”
3. Love children — philoteknos — “Treat lovingly.”
A. In a religiously mixed marriage — Jew and GreekII. TODAY WE HONOR MOTHERS — not baby bearers.
1. Meant breaking with familyB. Had built faith into her son
2. 1 Corinthians 7:13-17
1. 2 Timothy 1:5
2. 21st century challenge for mothers is great.
3. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 — Lifeong benefits for a child
4. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 — Mothers know what works
A. Proverbs 31:10 — Virtuous woman.III. WE PRAISE GOD FOR THE MOTHERS AMONG US!
1. Ishshah refers to a wife not a female (nashium).B. Proverbs 31:13 — A homemaker is a tough job.
2. We are bombarded with unfaithful women — Housewives NYC, Real Housewives, etc.
C. Proverbs 31:20 — Who does our benevolent work?
D. Proverbs 31:28-30 — “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he
....praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charity is
....deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised”
THE BACK PAGE
WOMEN OF FAITH
Today is Mother's Day, and while the Bible does not command us to have a special worship in honor of women, much of the Bible narrative is about special women, their properties, and how God blessed them. Here are some examples:
A WOMAN WHO WAS HEALED (Mark 5:25-34): Here was a woman who was unclean according to Leviticus 15. She knew she needed help from God because doctors had done nothing but take her money. She was able to get past legalism, religious prejudice and make her faith work to affect a healing. Jesus calls her “daughter” in verse 34. A title he never used on any other woman.
A CANAANITE WOMAN WHOSE CHILD WAS HEALED (Matthew 15:21-28): This was the only time Jesus went outside Palestine, and like the Samaritan woman of John 4 she was persistent and got past nationalism and religious prejudice even though the disciples tried to send her away (verse 23). This woman would not give up, and neither should we. She was satisfied with “crumbs” because she knew what was really important.
THE WOMAN WHO KNEW FORGIVENESS (Luke 7:36-50): She knew where to go to get spiritial help. She was prepared to reach out and honor God (verse 37). She sought forgiveness according to God's plan. She stood behind Jesus, showing respect. She wept showing repentance, and showed humility by kissing his feet. She showed honor by annointing with oil.
Do you have a woman of faith that has been an inspiration to you? I suspect we all have, and I would also suspect that in a majority of cases they were a mother or a wife who lived out what we have discussed both in the sermon and in this article. Let us praise God for the incredible women who have blessed us!
— John Clayton
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